Strange Loop

How to bring open source to a closed community

This past year, I've been testing out ways to bring more open source to the academic research space. It hasn't been easy -- the research world is full of competition, private data and a cutthroat need to publish. However, we found some open source champions, invested in them through workshops, summits and ongoing one on one mentorship as they learn to work openly on their research. In this talk, I'll share some of the lessons learned building an open source movement in academia.

Abigail Cabunoc Mayes

Abigail Cabunoc Mayes


Abigail Cabunoc Mayes (@abbycabs), is the Lead Developer of the Mozilla Science Lab, an initiative of the Mozilla Foundation transforming science on the web. She has led development on various open source science projects such as Contributorship Badges for Science and WormBase. Before joining Mozilla, Abby worked as a bioinformatics software developer at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and at Michigan State University. With a background in bioinformatics and computer science, she builds tools that use the web to move science forward.